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Small cities face dilemmas over franchise fees from Charter, Cable One

The ongoing spat between Cable One and Viacom over how much Viacom's programming is worth—and whether Cable One is willing to pay for it—could cause Duncan, Okla. to lose $130,000 in franchise fees. Meanwhile, in Chippewa Falls, Wis., city officials are considering eliminating the 2 percent franchise fee the city collects from Charter Communications cable subscribers.

Viacom-NCTC programming deal rejected by community-owned operator MPW

Muscatine Power and Water, a local utility and digital cable TV provider in Iowa, has decided it would rather switch off than fight when it comes to the newly negotiated program carriage agreement between the National Cable Television Cooperative and Viacom. Multiple NTSC members, including one of the largest, Cable One, have also rejected the agreement.

Mass Relevance, Viacom advance social media measurement

Viacom will use the EchoGraph social media measurement platform from Mass Relevance to track and analyze social activity of Viacom client campaigns across Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr, Vine, Google+ and YouTube.

Viacom signs NCTC carriage deal, but Cable One refuses to restore MTV Networks

Viacom said late Tuesday that it signed a new contract with the National Cable Television Cooperative. But the company said that Cable One, which is one of NCTC's largest members, refused to agree to terms of a deal that would allow it to restore several of its MTV Networks subsidiary's channels.

Cable One drops MTV, VH1, Comedy, BET after Viacom carriage deal expires

Cable One dropped 15 cable networks owned by Viacom's MTV Networks after its carriage deal expired at midnight.

Cable One preps replacements for Viacom channels

With Cable One's distribution agreement with Viacom set to expire at midnight, the MSO said it has lined up some replacement networks in the event that it loses Comedy Central, MTV, BET and other networks owned by the media giant.

NCTC, Viacom retransmission dispute nears deadline

A March 31 deadline is quickly approaching for the 890 members of the National Cable Television Cooperative to sign a new retransmission deal with Viacom or lose access to a bevy of channels such as MTV, BET and Comedy Central.

Viacom settles $1B lawsuit filed against YouTube

Viacom said Tuesday that it signed an agreement with Google which resolves a $1 billion copyright infringement lawsuit that the media giant filed against YouTube in 2007, the year after it was acquired by Google.

Viacom pitches media buyers spring launch of My Nick Jr. interactive channel

Viacom included a pitch for the interactive kids' channel it plans to launch this spring in Verizon FiOS TV homes during its upfront presentation for advertisers in New York on Thursday.

Comcast, Suddenlink execs win NCTA Vanguard awards

Comcast Cable CEO Neil Smit and Suddenlink Communications SVP and Chief Programming Officer Patty McCaskill will each pick up a Vanguard Award for Distinguished leadership next month at The Cable Show.